Review of Remote Casting
(hunt tests & hunting)
The process will begin with a
review of literal casting basics using simple
Wagon Wheels. Secondly, graph
casting setups will expand the literal concepts by adding terrain variations including distance. For a change
of pace, Carol Cassity's Renegade (casting drill) will be re-visited. Eventually, Actual hunt test and hunting
scenarios will be integrated into the regular training sessions. Quality assimilation takes time. In addition,
teaching a dog to work comfortably from a remote position is necessary (marks and blinds). Using a place
board or simply a mat (if the idea of place boards is too much) speeds up the process.
The primary goal is to design
training situations in preparation for advanced hunt tests. There have
been tests where the handler is remote. For example, handlers may be asked to remain behind a
holding blind or at the line while their running dog is sitting in front of the blind or farther away. Prior
exposure in training obviously will make this much easier. In addition, there is a good chance some
of our hunts next season with have a dog positioned farther away from layout blinds, blind or a boat.
note: All four of my dogs are in transition maintenance, understand literal casting and have
worked extensively in remote situations (with and without place boards).
Therefore, many of the preliminary skills are in place.....thus the review.
One other issue that needs to be resolved is a "remote" dog is NOT always
sitting in a position where a square sit (facing the hander) is the norm.
The ultimate goal is to be able to send the dog on a non-verbal, literal cast.
(My thinking may change on that last thought.)
The timeline on the plan will revolve around visiting remote casting maybe
once or twice a week in brief lessons. Training is balanced with many other
drills, marking setups and running cold blinds. Eventually clarified, remote
casting expectations will be gradually integrated into regular training setups.
I am retired...therefore training twice a day (once in awhile) and
several days each week makes the process more seamless.
10-15 yds in diameter
by Carol Cassity
(blind variation *)
"60 yards to dog"
| The drill
can be varied
i.e. two or four piles
white or orange bumpers
tightness to chair/stickmen*
how far apart the piles are
distance from handler to dog
teaching or maintenance
smaller, round place board
encourages "squarer" sit
| angles back casting
variation (place board)
dog is cast from a place
board & returns to the
line (left & right heel
deliveries)) & then sent
back to the place board
for the next angle back
(teach one side at a time)
As with any drill,
is the best approach.
This means start simple,
add "directions" and
increase distances as
the dog "catches on"
(brief & fun is best)
Casting Drills (link)
scroll down to
Wagon Wheel lining drills should be mastered
before doing the casting drills. This
imprints the "picture". The Zig-Zag lining drill does an even better job of providing
a visual of the Wagon Wheel casting drill. The fact is drills done within the context
of a well designed, sequential training program make "moving along" more seamless
(easier for the dog and trainer).
Here is a link to a YouTube video of Gunny doing his Zig-Zag lining drill. The angles
are very similar to a Wagon Wheel casting drill. Therefore, the casting drill is
"familiar" right from the start.
YouTube - Gunny's ZigZag Drill